CHRB Discusses Los Al at Monthly Meeting

While pushing a conflict regarding fall racing dates in contention between Santa Anita Park and Los Alamitos Race Course down the line, the California Horse Racing Board still touched on the issues facing the track in northwest Orange County at their monthly meeting May 21 at Santa Anita.

Discussion on Sept. 26-27 race dates, which both Santa Anita and Los Alamitos want, was tabled for the second monthly meeting in a row, and will be back on the CHRB agenda for their scheduled June 25 meeting at Los Alamitos. In a discussion about the approval of Los Alamitos’ eight-date meet from July 2 to July 12, however, talk focused on the challenges of the dates sitting between Santa Anita’s spring meeting and Del Mar’s much-anticipated summer meet.


Vanderbilt, Whitney Elected to Hall of Fame

Esteemed sportsmen Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt and John Hay Whitney have been elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame as Pillars of the Turf.

Vanderbilt and Whitney will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with the racehorses Billy Kelly, Lava Man, and Xtra Heat; jockeys Chris Antley and Vincent Powers; and trainer King Leatherbury Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Mountaineer Requests Drop to 160 Programs

The West Virginia Racing Commission has begun a 10-day comment period on a request by Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort to reduce its 2015 meet to 160 days from 210.

The WVRC during its May 19 meeting discussed the request for the reduction, Mountaineer director of racing Rose Mary Williams said. The request is tied to concerns over having sufficient purse money through the year as well as an overlap with Hollywood Casino at Mahoning Valley Race Course, an Ohio track located about 45 minutes from Mountaineer.


Churchill Sues DRF Over Derby, Oaks Wagers

Churchill Downs Inc. has filed suit against Daily Racing Form, alleging the company’s DRF Bets wagering service violated the Interstate Horseracing Act when it took bets on this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I) programs.

In the suit, filed May 18 in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville, CDI claimed wagers were taken through DRF Bets on the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and other races on the May 1-2 programs.


Illinois Financial Crisis Impacting Racing

The Illinois Racing Board on Tuesday, May 19 approved summertime racing at two state fairs and one county fair amid uncertainty about funding from the cash-strapped state and a wrangle about advance deposit wagering.

Meeting at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill., the board approved harness racing with pari-mutuel wagering at the lllinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair in Southern Illinois. The dates have become traditional on the harness circuit and offer relatively substantial purses for harness horsemen.


‘Susan’ Day Handle, Attendance Well Up

The Maryland Jockey Club announced that the total handle for its May 15 card at Pimlico Race Course, which featured the Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II), was $18.5 million, the highest total handle for the card in 10 years and topping last year’s handle of $11.3 million by 63%.
The $18.5 million total handle on Friday’s 14-race card also topped 2013’s total handle of $12.5 million.


Commissioner Takes Pimlico Special

It took WinStar Farm’s homebred Commissioner seven tries to get his first graded stakes score, but the A.P. Indy colt appears to have found his best stride at the 1 3/16-mile distance.

After winning the 1 3/16-mile Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) March 28 at Gulfstream Park last time out, the 4-year-old Todd Pletcher trainee was victorious again at the distance in the $300,000 Sagamore Racing Pimlico Special Stakes (gr. III) May 15 at Pimlico Race Course (VIDEO).


Keen Pauline Upsets Black-Eyed Susan

Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Keen Pauline upset the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) May 15, showing the way and then drawing off in the stretch to earn her biggest career victory at Pimlico Race Course (VIDEO).

A 15-1 shot who only had a maiden score from last September under her belt, the 3-year-old Pulpit filly improved off a fourth-place finish in a six-furlong allowance sprint April 16 at Keeneland for trainer Dale Romans and aced her first attempt at the 1 1/8-mile distance.


‘Chrome’ Pre-Entered in Coral Eclipse Stakes

America’s dual classic winner California Chrome is among several international stars that have been pre-entered in the July 4 Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) at Sandown Park.

DAP Racing’s homebred son of Lucky Pulpit   is in Newmarket training toward his next start June 17 in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. After Ascot, California Chrome could face multiple French highweight Cirrus des Aigles in the Coral Eclipse along with multiple Australian grade I winner Criterion, and Japanese group I winner Spielberg, who could become the Eclipse Stakes’ first Japanese-bred challenger.